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Marble Countertop Color Schemes That will Jazz Up Your Home

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Today’s marble countertops enjoy diverse color schemes that can accent any room in your home. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom upgrade, marble countertops they can also lay a foundation for a complete or partial remodel. These hard surface countertops can give the family chef a convenient heat-resistant surface. When used in bathrooms, they provide easy-to-clean surfaces for everyone. That’s why many Colorado Springs home remodeling projects are trending toward marble, quartz and granite countertops and these are some color scheme ideas that may prove helpful.

Tan Kitchen Countertops Invite Warmth

Kitchens are generally the room that enjoys the most traffic. People cook their meals in the kitchen and family and friends tend to congregate over breakfast, coffee and just good conversation. Earthy mocha, friendly peach and yellow-golds can increase a space’s natural warmth when coupled with tan marble, granite or quartz countertops. It’s all about creating and inviting feel.

Gray and Black Marble Countertops Exude Bathroom Luxury

Homeowners planning a bathroom remodel often want more than just a place to shower. Gray and black countertops are a good direction to take if you want to change the aesthetic to luxury. Softs grays and antique whites can change the vibe from a utilitarian to a place to pamper yourself a little. Strong contrasts with accents that might include red or deep burgundy also work wonders.

Green Marble Countertop Options

There’s some misconception about greens that they are bright and kitschy. In terms of marble countertops, that generally isn’t the case. Many of the options come with dark flecks embedded, and the black and green blends tend to appear more formal. While it’s true they are less neutral, the darker schemes and gray-green options make a space feel reserved. If you want to offset that formality, yellows and metallic accents are popular places to explore.

For more information about Colorado Springs home remodeling and countertop options, contact Planet Granite for a free in-home consultation.

3 Ways to Achieve Counter Space Freedom

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Maximizing the openness of your counter space equals maximizing your enjoyment. After all, you invested into what you thought was enough lovely space to prep meals, create wonderful salads and throw together a sandwich on the run. Somehow, all that glorious space now seems overrun and a tad cramped. Here are three suggestions that may help you reinvigorate your countertops.

Microwave Relocation Plan

The single largest countertop occupier tends to be the microwave, so send it packing. That doesn’t mean you have to give it a one-way ticket out of town, but either find a spot where it no longer takes up high-traffic counter space or make a new plan. Elevating a microwave has provided dividends to many counter re-organizers. Also, moving it to a stationary table may be a good fix, depending on how often and what you use it for.

Shelf the Utensils

Many countertops have a utensil bin or crock of some type. It’s amazing how much space these items negate. This utensil holder can easily be put on a kitchen-handy shelf and brought down when needed. If you have enough drawer space, designating one solely for utensils can be very efficient.

Transform Your Wall Into a Countertop

If you want to free up your countertops, it’s important to embrace a philosophy that they are not a storage area. Many of the items that are making you feel confined and out of space can be fixed to a wall with some strategic planning. If you have a knife block, attach a magnetic knife holder to the wall. Shelves with hooks can help elevate teabag containers, pasta holders, cookie jars and allow you to hang homey ladles, colorful coffee mugs and other items. Walls are a countertop’s best friend.

If you would like more information about Colorado Springs home remodeling and countertop options, contact Planet Granite for a free consultation.

Surprising Benefits of Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are an exquisite addition to kitchens and bathrooms.  While granite enhances the appearance of these high-traffic areas, that’s not even scratching the surface of what this durable, versatile material has to offer.  Consider these benefits of granite you may not have known about.

Granite Counters Are Always In Style

Because it comes in neutral hues and looks great by itself, granite can complement virtually any style you choose for your home.  It works well with any color combination.  If you remodel your kitchen or bath, you won’t have to replace the countertops.

Granite Is Durable

This sturdy material stands up well to wear and tear.  Unlike less durable surfaces, granite is virtually resistant to blemishes, scratches, and heat.  If you use your kitchen counters as a cutting board, the stone can dull a knife blade without being damaged by it.  You can take hot baking dishes from the oven and set them directly on the counter without scorching it.

Granite Is Stain-Resistant

Granite doesn’t absorb spills as easily as more porous surfaces, making it resistant to stains.  Light granite is less dense than the darker variety, so you may want to take that into consideration when weighing your options.  Both types, however, hold up well under frequent use.

Granite Requires Minimal Upkeep

Since they don’t absorb stains, these surfaces are incredibly easy to clean.  You can get the job done with a paper towel or wet rag.  If you prefer, you can use cleaning supplies or a sanitary wipe, but granite does not harbor bacteria.  It makes for hassle-free cleaning in kitchens and bathrooms, areas especially prone to germs.

Granite counters give you an optimal return on your investment.  Compatible with any interior design, they last a long time and improve the value of your home.  If you’re looking for granite or quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Tips on Keeping Your Granite Countertops Looking Great

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With an array of hues and a reputation of high-end resiliency, it is no wonder that granite countertops remain one of the most common choices for homeowners. However, having granite countertops does mean you have to know how to take care of them to keep them looking like new for the long term. Here are a few simple tips you should remember to keep your Colorado Springs, Colorado granite countertops looking great.

Use Only Granite-Friendly Cleaners for Your Countertop

When your granite countertops are installed, you will be given specific instructions about how to clean them. Make sure you follow these directions and avoid using harsh chemicals when you wipe down your countertops. Avoid cleaners that contain things like:

  • bleach
  • ammonia
  • citric acid
  • vinegar

Instead, use only mild soap and water or a cleaning product specifically designed for granite cleansing.

Incorporate Safe Habits in Your Kitchen to Avoid Damage

We all do things in the kitchen that could possibly cause damage to a granite countertop, even though the stone is known for its resilience and heat-resistance. For example, setting a hot pan directly on the granite surface is not recommended, to maintain the integrity of the stone.

Seal Your Granite Countertops as Needed to Protect Them

Your first line of defense against damage and discoloration with granite is the sealer that is applied after installation. However, with time, this sealer will wear away and will have to be reapplied. If you notice that moisture no longer beads up on the surface, it is time for a sealer application.

With a little extra care and changing a few bad habits, you can easily see your granite countertops last for many, many years. If you need help with the granite countertops in your Colorado Springs, Colorado home, contact Planet Granite for professional assistance and advice.

5 Tips for Fixing Minor Scratches on Your Granite Countertop

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

granite counterSooner or later, something sharp or heavy leaves a scratch or pit on your Colorado Springs granite countertops. Should you fix the damage yourself or call in a pro? Here’s what to do:

Wash the Granite Countertop

But, you say, I do that all the time! This time, really give it a good cleaning with mild non-abrasive cleaner and water to remove grime and grease buildup. Be careful to not scrub too hard and enlarge the scratch!

Inspect the Clean Countertop

Once clean, you’ll be able to see just how deep and long the damage is. This should tell you by sight and touch whether this is a do-it-yourself job or if a pro’s help is needed. (Be honest!).

Try a Granite Repair Kit for Disguising Small Scratches

An acrylic repair kit is designed to fill in small pits or scratches with a clear acrylic patch. The scratches need to be deep enough for the acrylic to take hold – more shallow damage may respond better to a light buffing (see the next step below). A ‘scratch stick’ is also a good place to start as it won’t damage a polished surface but will make the scratch harder to see.

Light Sanding 

This may be an option if the scratch is too deep for surface disguise. Use the lightest grade sandpaper or steel wool to gently abrade the scratch, using linear motions. When the scratch has been sufficiently minimized, treat with rubbing compound and stone sealer.

Call in the Pros

The best idea is to not risk causing further damage to your granite countertops—get the job done right.

Planet Granite has been helping customers in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area with granite installation and maintenance since 1998. Preserve your granite’s beauty while saving time and money by contacting our experts now and keep your countertops looking their best!

Will Heat Damage Granite Countertops?

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Kitchen Granite With ChairsOne of the reasons that people choose granite for their kitchen and bathroom countertops is that it both looks great and is extremely durable. Granite is made by forcing igneous rock to extremely high temperatures and then cooling it, so it is naturally heat-resistant. In fact, it would take temperatures in the range of 2210° to 2300° F to start melting granite. Comparatively, steel starts melting at 2498° F.

Prolonging the Life of Your Granite Counter Tops in Colorado Springs

Generally, pots and pans in the kitchen will never reach a high enough temperature to melt your Colorado Springs granite countertops. However, your granite is likely sealed to prevent discoloration and damage. While it is extremely unlikely that you will damage the granite itself with heat, exposure to high temperatures over time could take a toll on your sealant. Problems with the sealant may result in gradual discoloration or gouges on the surface of the material. It could even lead to unsightly black marks.

Granite will actually pull the heat away from hot items. This reaction causes dishes to cool faster when they are in contact with granite. Using a heat coaster or hot pad on your granite will not only help your food stay hot longer, but it will also keep your granite countertops looking great over time.

Some exposure to extreme temperature changes can damage granite. For example, when you use granite in outdoor kitchens, swinging temperatures could result in problems. Thankfully, the temperatures in Colorado Springs are often mild enough to avoid these types of problems entirely.

Repairing Long-Term Heat Damage

If your granite’s sealant appears to be discolored, you can still take steps to restore it without having to replace the slab entirely. You can rub restorative pastes or liquids into the counter, wipe them away, and the granite should look good as new.

Whether you are considering installing granite for the first time or you need help with a repair, our team at Planet Granite can help. Call 719-522-0748 today.

How to Mix and Match Your Granite Countertops

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Planet Granite KitchenGranite has been a hot trend in home and business decor for years and for good reasons: it’s a stylish, durable and versatile material. Granite countertops are heat- and scratch-resistant and the fine, non-porous grain makes them stain-resistant as well. They are ideal throughout the house, from the kitchen to bathroom and beyond. If you keep a home or business in the Colorado Springs area, Planet Granite can connect you with the finest granite countertops.

How to Mix and Match Granite to Get the Look You Want

For a modern, contemporary style, consider colors like black or deep grey. Add brighter contrast with pale, creamy tones. This can look great when paired with dark wood accents throughout the space. For a warmer, relaxed appearance, choose neutral browns and mid-tone grey shades with subtle patterns. To make your counter the focal point of the room, look for spectacular green and gold granites.

Colorado Springs’ Granite Countertops Experts

At Planet Granite, our experts will help you find the exact right piece to fit the unique aesthetic of your business or home. We import from both local quarries and sources around the world to offer a wide variety of stunning colors, shades, textures and countertop sizes.

Our design process is easy, from start to finish. Contact us to set up a free consultation at your convenience. One of our talented and experienced designers will come to your home or business to measure the space and discuss your goals and budget. You’ll be given a free estimate and the designer will answer any questions you may have. Once you give the go-ahead, the countertops will be installed quickly.

Planet Granite is the Colorado Springs’ premier granite countertop expert. No matter the size of the project, we can help bring your design vision to life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your granite countertop upgrade.

How to Choose the Perfect Countertop Edge

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Planet GraniteAfter selecting the ideal slab for your granite countertops in Colorado Springs, you’ll need to focus on choosing the best edge profile. The edge profile is that part of the countertop that you and your family and guests will notice first thing as they walk into the room and admire your countertops, so it pays to give the edge profile careful consideration. Here are the various options your granite countertops supplier in Colorado Springs can offer you.

Straight Edges

Straight edges are suitable for kitchens with classic lines and a non-nonsense vibe. When you see a granite countertop with a straight edge, you know the cook is serious about cooking, cleaning and getting the job done with a minimum of frills. It’s not that a straight edge has no style; the style is the straight edge. It’s classic, practical and the easiest to clean of all the edge profile options.

Curved Edges

Curved edges are available in several different profiles, from the simple to the ornate. They lend a smoothness to the countertop and can help to balance out a kitchen or bathroom with a modern design, so they work well in a classic room as well as in a room with a distinct contemporary design. Depending on the ornateness, a curved edge can be simple to keep clean or require a little more detailed cleaning attention.

Fancy Edges

Fancy edges might consist of ones such as a double-curved edge, a chiseled edge, a Versailles step edge, or a Roman Ovollo. Don’t be intimidated by the names. They just help to describe the look so you and your Colorado Springs granite countertops installer can discuss options. Fancy edge profiles will cost more than, say a straight edge profile, but when you consider that you will have your countertop for a lifetime or more, the extra upfront cost is usually something that homeowners consider to be worth it.

Your granite countertop installer can show you drawings and samples of countertop edge profiles for you to carefully examine before making your final decision. For more information about the hundreds of choices available to you for your granite countertops, contact us today.

How Long Do Granite Countertops Last?

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More and more people are realizing that granite countertops aren’t just sleek and stylish, but they are durable. It is the combination of these two elements that are making more people consider installing granite countertops in Colorado Springs.

Granite Countertops Are Built to Last

Granite countertops are made using an all-natural stone known as granite. Granite is extremely strong and durable. It can not only withstand extreme temperatures, but it is so durable that it cannot be scratched or dented.

The use of this extremely durable natural stone means that those granite kitchen countertops you have installed in your home could last forever, but only with proper care and maintenance. In fact, your granite countertops will last so long the only time you will need to replace them is when you want to install new ones that have a different pattern or color.

Proper Maintenance Tips for Granite Countertops

With proper care and maintenance of your granite countertops, you will not scratch the surface while cutting fruits and vegetables or dent it by dropping a hard object on it.

The following are some basic granite countertop maintenance tips you can use to help keep your countertops lasting longer:

  • Use a soft sponge and mild soap to clean the surface of your countertop.
  • Avoid using cleaning agents that contain harmful chemicals.
  • Place cutting boards down before cutting vegetables and fruits.
  • Use countertops appropriately. Do not sit on them, stand on them or use them for any other purpose outside of the norm.
  • Replace the sealing on the countertops on a yearly basis.

Homeowners looking for a long-lasting, durable countertop will find granite to be the best option. When you are ready to purchase a granite countertop, let Planet Granite help you. We have one of the largest inventories of granite countertops in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stop by our showroom to browse our inventory of granite countertops.

It’s White, Beige and Blue For This Year’s Best Dressed Countertops

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Homeowners have been aware of the many benefits of granite countertops for a number of years. Next to sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, granite is the hardest substance on the planet, making it an ideal food preparation surface for a variety of reasons. As a nonporous material, granite doesn’t harbor bacteria or viruses, making it one of the cleanest countertop options for both kitchens and bathrooms. Granite countertops also come in a large variety of colors to complement and contrast with any home decorating palette. Following are some of the most popular colors of granite countertops in Colorado Springs this year.

Light, Bright White and Silvers

One of this year’s biggest trends in countertop colors is bright hues such as white and silvers. White and silver granite comes flecked in a variety of colors, including rose, blue, green, gray and black and works extremely well with current trends toward incorporating optimal amounts of natural light into interior living spaces. White and silver countertops offer optimal shimmer and shine, and are ideal for those with small kitchens who want to make them appear larger.

Beige 

Many modern homeowners are gravitating toward beige granite countertops this year because they provide the bright look of white and silver countertops along with a warm, rustic glow. Beige also provide increased decorating options because it pairs with a huge variety of interior color schemes. White is pristine and lovely, but some homeowners prefer to use various shades of beige in order to have more decor color options and to create a warmer ambiance. Like white granite, beige granite is available with multicolored fleck in the surface of the materials.

Blues

Shades of blue are also popular for countertops this year –everything from sky blue through navy. Lighter blues provide an airy, casual look, while dark blues offer a solid, luxurious appeal.

Please feel free to call our office today to schedule your no-cost consultation.

 

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